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Old 08-14-2015, 06:00 AM   #1
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Engine bay - what to cover

Hi all,

I want to give my engine bay a good wash after a few months of driving the car.

I know pretty much what the drill is. I've got a pressure washer which is not too strong, got the all purpose cleaner and the brush for agitation, etc . and I know the dressing is optional.

I just would like to know "specifically" which parts I need to cover on a ZL1 engine bay? I know as a general rule, air filter and electronics should be covered/isolated. My engine bay is so far completely stock, so my air filter is not exposed. Apart from that, I don't know which electrical parts I need to cover.

Can someone point me in the right direction please? If anyone has any photos of their engine bays prepared before a wash, that would be awesome.

Thanks a lot.
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:03 AM   #2
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Honestly... I just took the hose and sprayed all around the engine bay, but nothing directly on the motor... just mainly hit it to knock the dust off.... then I took some detailer and a nice rag and went over everything..It looked good to go after that.
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:29 AM   #3
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Hi all,

I want to give my engine bay a good wash after a few months of driving the car.

I know pretty much what the drill is. I've got a pressure washer which is not too strong, got the all purpose cleaner and the brush for agitation, etc . and I know the dressing is optional.

I just would like to know "specifically" which parts I need to cover on a ZL1 engine bay? I know as a general rule, air filter and electronics should be covered/isolated. My engine bay is so far completely stock, so my air filter is not exposed. Apart from that, I don't know which electrical parts I need to cover.

Can someone point me in the right direction please? If anyone has any photos of their engine bays prepared before a wash, that would be awesome.

Thanks a lot.
Don't do it...Water is your worst enemy. Just wipe it down with some rags.
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Old 08-18-2015, 03:06 PM   #4
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^^^ agree.. I use a little Megs Quick Detailer and microfiber cloths
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:10 PM   #5
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Engine bays are not weather tight... Just spray it off and whipe it down.
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:19 PM   #6
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I don't cover anything.
just don't spray directly into any electronic stuff or wiring; just hit those with a quick once-over and you will be fine.
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"Engine bays are not weather tight"... well from the bottom they may handle water ok. However, the top of the engine is designed to have a hood and an engine cover over it.
There is NO way I would use a pressure washer or hose.
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Thanks for the advice guys.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:50 AM   #9
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"Engine bays are not weather tight"... well from the bottom they may handle water ok. However, the top of the engine is designed to have a hood and an engine cover over it.
There is NO way I would use a pressure washer or hose.
The hood is not sealed... Your engine is wet in heavy rain.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:01 AM   #10
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The hood is not sealed... Your engine is wet in heavy rain.
You are right the hood is not sealed, but I guess the water goes into the engine bay only through the edges of the hood and the carbonfiber vents, and in all cases water is redirected through some dedicated lines/canals away from the engine. Even in heavy rain, the engine itself and the components would not get as wet as they would when you spray water directly on them.

I am more inclined to avoid using the pressure washer now, but I might do a quick light spray (mist).
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